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  • Win Avada, the Bestselling WordPress Theme of All Time on Themeforest

    What if there was a theme that does it all? One theme to serve the needs of all your customers? Only one theme with enough features to have it look differently, behave differently with every new project created? You say you’ve been looking for something like this for ages? In fact this theme already exists, and more than 85,000 people know. Now is the time for you to jump aboard. We welcome you there with the chance to win yourself a license. Read on, it’s easy…



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  • 24+ Best Apps for Graphic Design Freelancers

    One of the best ways to improve your workflow and time management as a graphic design freelancer is to use apps. Not just any app will do, however. You need ones that won’t waste your time by crashing and that help you both on the go and when around your computer. Our collection of the best apps for graphic design freelancers below are divided into design and photography apps and business management apps. As a graphic designer, you never know when inspiration might hit, which is why you want something in place to record your idea before you lose it. And we all hate the annoying business tasks, especially when they take too much time away from designing. The apps below should help solve both of these problems that can occur for graphic design freelancers.



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  • HTML5: Pointer Lock API Lets You Hide the Mouse Pointer From View

    Browsers are on the way to becoming full-fledged gaming platforms. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript developing complex applications is still loads of work, but possible. Quite a few game concepts don’t rely on visible mouse pointers, though. Especially while controlling an app keyboard-based, a visible mouse pointer can get annoying. Use the new Pointer Lock API to simply hide it as necessary.



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  • Practical Typography: The Only Book You’ll Need to Turn Pro

    Matthew Butterick is a writer, typographer and lawyer from Los Angeles. As a lawyer he is aqcuainted to reading professionally produced material, as a writer he wants to stick to the same standards, and as a typographer he creates the fonts needed to achieve that. Besides outstanding fonts Butterick also created the web-based book "Practical Typography" which I stumbled upon just recently. "Practical Typography" wants to equip the average designer, writer, anyone with typographical basic knowledge. Butterick promises to elevate your skills to reach a level that is higher than that of 99 percent of your fellow designers/writers.



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  • Call to Action: 40 of the Best Button Tutorials the Web Has to Offer

    A button is a small, but very important design element. Besides providing the overall functionality of any given website, buttons are often meant to spread a call to action. Equipped with this crucial task, buttons need to be visible and self-explanatory, no matter what. We have curated 40 of the best button tutorials the world-wide web has to offer to help your buttons achieve their goals. You’ll find trendy minimalistic specimen as well as elegant or playful examples. Add your own creativity and you’ll build that guarantor of success in no time.



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  • Professional Logo Design: 50 Strong Examples and Making Ofs

    Logo design is an art the average designer does not need to perform too often. Yet, every once in a while, even the designer around the corner will be asked to create one. Chances are, this will be giving him/her some sort of a hard time. Inspiration will be needed. In the following article we will deliver just that. But we will go further, and not only inspire, but also show you how logos evolve – from ideas to first sketches to production-ready. We hope you enjoy our little collection…



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  • Typography Without Limits: 40 Fresh Adobe Illustrator Text Effects

    Wondering how to start working with Adobe Illustrator without getting overwhelmed by its endless possibilities? Then begin your acquaintance from tutorials that are aimed to fill the gaps of your knowledge. Nothing can be compared to this kind of educational material, especially when devoted graphic designers reveal their secrets and techniques. Of course, there are a considerable number of tutorials that cover everything from creating user interface templates to drawing character designs, and it is really difficult to make up your mind in which sphere to plunge in. However if you want to slowly but surely move in this direction, you should take your first steps with tutorials concerning text effects. These, at least as a rule, resort to simpler solutions based on basic tools and standard techniques. Besides, spending neither more nor less than an hour of your time you will be able to convert a plain lettering into something eccentric and innovative, having restyled the original typography completely. You can find tutorials that will help you obtain impressive results from a simple type by enlivening it with various mind-blowing yet easy-to-repeat effects. Ready? Let’s go…



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  • Revised Vintage: Collection of Free Stuff to Awaken Your Inner Hipster

    The members of that subculture that is easily and uniquely recognizable by its Ray Ban glasses, skinny jeans/trousers, almost antique Holga photocamera, shaggy haircuts and deep love to vintage are called Hipsters. They are those who truly appreciate old-fashioned stuff and successfully manage to stay away from mainstream trends, while at the same time, look very stylish and voguish. Conquering the real world, they have finally reached the online universe by affecting various spheres of design including print graphic material and website looks. Thanks to its eccentric and offbeat appearance, the retro style has got a second wind. Just take a look at the website of Morgan Street Cafe or Max & Erma’s Illustrated Menu Cover made by Peter Donnelly, they simply exude of originality and sophistication as well as seize attention by professionally-crafted intricate appearances.



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  • HTML5: More Flexibility in Form Design

    Forms have grown more versatile with HTML5. The input element is now able to contain email addresses and dates and marking input fields as mandatory or prepopulating them with content is no longer a case for JavaScript – just to name a few of the most valuable additions. But then, there’s even more to it. Did you know you can now have more than one “submit” button and did you know that you can now have input and select element living outside your form element? We’ll walk you through this…



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  • CSS3 Background Blends: Photoshop Background Effects in pure CSS3

    With CSS3 we are able to add more than one background to an element. In doing so background images and/or colors are piled upon each other, just as you know from the layers concept of Photoshop. While transparencies exist, the underlying background file or color will shine through. The new CSS3 Background Blends allow for even more possibilities to combine several backgrounds into one impressive appearance.



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